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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A first look.....

Many of you know that we are in 'transition,' and sometimes transitions don't go exactly as planned.  You know the saying:  "Life happens while you're making other plans."  Well, that's the adventure we're on right now.  We've been looking for a bed and breakfast or land to build one on for several years.  It wasn't happening, so about a year ago, we decided that we needed to make a true effort to move in that direction and that involved letting go of our beloved log home.  AND I mean beloved...that's another story!

We wouldn't be able to qualify for a loan on another property with this one already attached to us AND, with the economy the way it is, it could take forever to sell it.  Well, life handed us surprise #1 when the first folks who walked in the door bought it.  Fortunately, we were able to stay in it until Aug. 15, even though they bought it in May, but between May and Aug. 15, a lot of twists and turns shook things up a bit. 

First of all, a home that we were very interested, IMMEDIATELY went under's still not sold, but we can't make another offer on it because it's a short sale and that's just the way Bank of America does their short sales. 

 Moving on, we had this piece of land in the back of our minds that is zoned correctly.  We made an offer on it, but the owner didn't even counter.  He just said, 'no.'  We asked the listing agent was he flexible at all and he said 'NO.'  OK....well then, we'll concentrate on finding a rental house and begin getting our household goods packed up.  This past Friday, the lot SOLD for 40K less than it's asking price.

Oh yes, and then, on July 11, hubster gets a call from his employer telling him that he's been laid off after 26 years of stellar service with the company.  OK, forget any future offers right now because banks don't like to lend money to people who are unemployed!!  Quite a twist in the plot....

 My youngest daughter was doing an internship in Ohio for the summer and they needed help with dog sitting, cat medicating and plant watering.....OK: check.  We had a brief trip to Ohio for a family reunion and to see daughter: check.  Visit Grandma Weber in nursing home----where she, by the way, tells us NOT to have a b&b because it's too much work AND tells us to move back to Ohio to be closer to her......We see her on a Monday; she dies that Thursday.

My middle daughter's back/disc situation became increasingly painful and so we accompanied her to several neurologists/surgeons who ALL said that surgery was her only option, so she had back surgery: check.

One of my daughter's dogs died while she's away in Ohio....

 Oh yes, and her cat developed a kidney problem and was in the animal hospital for 5 days.

My back went out for a few days and I've been 'baby-ing' it with a brace while we pack/move.

We developed a SEVERE grasshopper infestation at the log house and we've been battling that so that the property is not destroyed before closing. I'll be posting a video of this because you won't believe it!
OK, I've saved the GOOD news for last.  We made it through and I feel like I've been through the birth canal......really and here I am in a brand new world!!

middle daughter is doing great after her surgery....pain is diminishing and she's in physical therapy several times a week; she's also returned to work

Rod JUST GOT HIRED ---he starts this week, if we can find his clothes/shoes somewhere in all this mess--it's a long story but he spent EVERY day sending out resumes, interviewing, etc. and got a job within his former employer by a woman who was laid off many years ago, went somewhere else and then came back to this company, saw his resume, and made a place for him....thank you GOD!!

Youngest daughter who is in Ohio returns on Sunday or Monday....

Closing went fine and the people are in LOVE with their new home (so are we)

There's groceries in the refrigerator- can't find plates yet....but we have paper ones!

We have each other

We have our dreams

We are feeling blessed and thankful and grateful.... we're unpacking, we KNOW there's a plan out there for us....
In the meantime, here's a look at the new abode and I'll take pics of the 'box life' and then what I end up doing with the place----can't make too many changes as it's a temporary rental, but I'll be making it 'our own' as much as I can....thank you ALL for hanging in there with me. 

AND for my tweetlettes, many THANKYOU's!!!!!!! Honestly, I thought of you while I was sweating and hurting and so tired and I said to myself...I gotta keep going; they will want to see pictures of how this goes and I miss them so I've got to get this computer moved safely over there.....

I love you girls!!!!

Thank you to my family for their love and support through all of this and for believing in me and my dreams.  Thank you for the help, the love, the kind words and the trust in me....

I love you so much!!

So, here it is!!
This is the 'front room' as you come in the front door to the left.....

the 'family room' which is open to the kitchen

the door of the family room that looks out to the back yard....

upstairs computer is right by this window!!

laundry room

linen closet

master bedroom


master bedroom closet

'guest' room ---this room makes me laugh

AND.....the best part, is that on THREE separate occasion, on my way to driving to the rental home to bring stuff, I saw one of these.......

Guided by HIM.....


  1. Hello my darling happy that this part of your journey is over. I know what a huge wrench it's been, but you'll never have it to do again. And this new place is NOT your home. It's merely a roof & a shelter while you find the perfect place (which you will)But knowing you, you will make it homey & a lovely nest for those you love while you're there - you can't resist!Hope that Rod's job is wonderful 7 so great to have a catchup & hear all the news...even if it's not all good (poor doggy :-( )Everything happens for a reason, I'm such a believer in that. And I feel that you've had these hiccups because the perfect new home wasn't quite ready for you to find it...but soon it will be! Love you & sending many hugs & restful thoughts xoxo Rachel

  2. I so wish I could bring you a pie! You r an inspiration. No more whining in this house. Yr new house has big windows & is a great new, empty palette for you to begin painting yr new, fabulous life! (AND, having a B&B IS hard work. My mother loved every day she had hers!)

  3. Oh, sweet Joann...what a trying time you have had...and now what a wonderful future you and Rod have to look forward to! I am so, so very grateful he is working again. So much less stress while you are in transition and planning your future. Those other things were just not meant to be. I have learned that there is a Divine plan, and lots of times it does not coincide with our own plans. Enjoy those paper plates for a bit : ) Sending you all the love in the world!!! Hugs, Sherry xoxo (wish I was close by to lend a hand!)

  4. Dearest Joann,
    First off, congratulations to Rod! What great news! I wish him all the best with his new job. And you, dear Joann, are a very strong and brave woman. You have been through so much these past few months and have handled it with so much grace - always thankful and grateful! I love your new place! It is very charming and aside from the "guest" room, has very neutral colors, making it so much easier to decorate and play with. I just know you are going to make the place yours, in no time. Good for you for doing what it takes to realize your dreams. Getting there is not always easy, but you are doing a great job so far. Congratulations Joann! You are going to make many new and happy memories in your new home. Take care sweetie! xoxo


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